Banks Racing Performance and Project Vehicles

At Banks Power, we push the limits of what is capable. One way we do this is through Racing and custom project vehicles. The innovative vehicles and engines, created in Banks Power’s Race Shop, push the power envelope to the edge. Below you can take a closer look at some of our Project Vehicles.

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Dragster Cooling System

A small horizontal radiator topped by a shrouded electric cooling fan is used on the Banks Sidewinder Top Dragster.  A very quiet, but very powerful, Stewart electric pump moves the coolant though the Sidewinder’s system.  Hardly “exotic,” good old distilled water (from the local supermarket) with a bottle of Redline “Water Wetter” mixed in (just ...
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Banks Powered OshKosh JLTV

The Humvee replacement is here, and it’s bad ass! This vehicle is the result of a years long design and test competition involving the biggest names in the defense and diesel engine industry. The Oshkosh JLTV has destroyed the competition. The staff at Banks Power, the exclusive engine supplier, has been deeply involved in the creation ...
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ROQ Crusher

Jay “Lightning” Tilles of KROQ fame brought us a bone-stock 2006 Duramax Dually which we transformed into the fire-breathin’ behemoth. When Jay Tilles (AKA Lightning from a local radio station called KROQ) called and asked if we could help him with his SEMA show truck, he was only expecting a few of our standard Power Products. Little did ...
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Mike Ryan’s Banks Racing Freightliner

Size Matters…The Banks Super-Turbo Detroit 60 Series powered Freightliner taught us a lot about high altitude diesel calibration running Pikes Peak in the skillful hands of owner Mike Ryan! Oh, by the way, with Mike’s lack of fear, this became the fastest Pikes Peak Semi, Ever! Mike Ryan’s Banks Super-Turbo Pikes Peak Freightliner is unlike any ...
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All Banks Power Projects

Banks Powered OshKosh JLTV

The Humvee replacement is here, and it’s bad ass! This vehicle is the result of a years long design and test competition involving the biggest names in the defense and diesel engine industry. The Oshkosh JLTV has destroyed the competition. The staff at Banks Power, the exclusive engine supplier, has been deeply involved in the creation ...
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ROQ Crusher

Jay “Lightning” Tilles of KROQ fame brought us a bone-stock 2006 Duramax Dually which we transformed into the fire-breathin’ behemoth. When Jay Tilles (AKA Lightning from a local radio station called KROQ) called and asked if we could help him with his SEMA show truck, he was only expecting a few of our standard Power Products. Little did ...
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Mike Ryan’s Banks Racing Freightliner

Size Matters…The Banks Super-Turbo Detroit 60 Series powered Freightliner taught us a lot about high altitude diesel calibration running Pikes Peak in the skillful hands of owner Mike Ryan! Oh, by the way, with Mike’s lack of fear, this became the fastest Pikes Peak Semi, Ever! Mike Ryan’s Banks Super-Turbo Pikes Peak Freightliner is unlike any ...
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Banks Sidewinder Jetta TDI Sportwagen

Current diesel-powered passenger cars, like the Jetta TDI and Golf TDI, offer outstanding torque and plenty of usable horsepower. That abundance of torque requires some beefy components to handle internal stresses; Banks sees an opportunity to develop a low-mass (engine weight relative to horsepower) diesel that generates more horsepower and, therefore, can reach greater speeds. ...
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Paul Dallenbach – Open Wheel Unlimited #98

Pikes Peak – Race to the TOP! The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is the second oldest motor sports race in America (only the Indy 500 is older), a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region, and is the world’s highest altitude auto race. An annual event since 1916, 2011 marks the ...
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Banks Super-Turbo Marine Diesel Engine

A twin turbo Duramax marine engine gets an extra kick from being supercharged! It has a very long name and a foreboding look… It’s the Banks Sequential Super-Turbo Marine Diesel. This engine had been on the minds, drawing boards, computer screens, PDA’s, benches and engine stands of the Banks Power engineering, design and race shop staff ...
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Banks Sidewinder Jetta TDI

When the Robert Bosch Corporation came to Banks and asked if they could inject some excitement into the rather pedestrian Volkswagen Jetta TDi, the answer was “heck yeah.” We started by adapting our tried and true, in-house developed tuner technology, merged it with the new Banks iQ, created a custom cold air intake and exhaust ...
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Banks Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster

…The Banks Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster. Raw Diesel Power! Long, sleek, and blindingly quick, today’s high-horsepower, rear-motored dragsters are the ultimate racing vehicles. They’re designed, and driven to do only one thing: streak down a quarter mile dragstrip as fast as possible in the very least amount of time. Aerodynamically, these dart-shaped machines simply slice through ...
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Banks Sidewinder S10 Diesel Drag Pickup Truck

Banks Sidewinder S10
The Quickest & Fastest: 7.77 E.T. @ 180.00 mph. The Banks Sidewinder S-10 Duramax pickup was entered in the Top Diesel Class at the NHRDA World Finals on September 25-26, 2010 in Topeka, Kansas. Driver Wes Anderson clicked off a 7.77-second pass.
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Jay Leno’s Tank Car

…Harnessing the power of over 1600 horsepower is no easy task! Jay does Gale a lot of favors, so to return that kindness, Gale twin-turbocharged and fuel-injected the car’s M47 V-12 tank engine. “We took it from 800 to 1600 hp and doubled the mileage as well,” says Banks. “Jay likes a lot of power and ...
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Donahoe Racing Baja 1000 Ford Super-Duty Race Truck

Baja 1000 Ford Power Stroke, with Gale driving and Bob Bower navigating, they finish first leg out of Ensenada on schedule but the power kills the drivetrain thereafter. After steering and drivetrain upgrades, this Banks Big-Hoss®- powered Power Stroke starts a string of wins and podium finishes—all against the gasoline-powered competition. Project Photo Gallery
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Banks Sidewinder GMC Sierra

The World’s First Roadracing Diesel Pickup, Banks GMC Sierra is another in a string of racing vehicles created to display both Banks high engineering standards for the creation of all its products and the innovative nature of the company as a whole.
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Banks Sidewinder All-Terrain Trucks

Banks Sidewinder All-Terrain, industry’s first diesel-tuner truck packages Banks Sidewinder All-Terrain packages debuted on Hot Rod Magazine’s Power Tour 2005, and Banks’ Power Stroke 6.0L, Duramax and Cummins Sidewinder All-Terrains handled the 1,700-mile “Long Haul” with ease. Project Photo Gallery
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Kroeker-Banks KORE Baja 1000 Dodge Cummins

First diesel to finish Baja 1000 Baja 1000 Dodge Cummins drove to Ensenada, Mexico, and ran the full Baja 1000, stopping to pull a competitor out of a mud bed then finished a very close third and drove home after beating most of the gasoline entries, this is the first diesel to finish the Baja 1000. The ...
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Banks Sidewinder Dakota

This is the truck that shattered existing speed records – and people’s perception of diesel performance. Cummins diesel-powered Project Sidewinder set five land-speed records and became the World’s Fastest Pickup Truck. Surpassing Gale Banks’ personal goal of 210 mph, the Banks Sidewinder smashed the world 159.647-mph record with an average speed of 217.314 mph, making Sidewinder the ...
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Teague-Welch-Banks Streamliner

This is The World’s Fastest Single Piston Engine Hot Rod. It set the F.I.A. 5L to 8L Class Ten two-way record in October 2002 at 405.976 after previously setting the 8L and larger Class II record at 425.050, with a best one-way of 432 mph. CATEGORY A – Group I – Class 10 – Reciprocating Engine ...
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Chinook Concourse – World’s Fastest Motorhome

World’s Fastest Motorhome: yes, you read that right. Banks PowerPack®ed Ford 6.8L V-10 Class-C Chinook blasts past General Motors’, to a new record at 99.8 mph. Project Photo Gallery
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American Roadster Experimental

“The AREX (American Roadster Experimental) is an American car,” designer David Stollery explained, “and I feel Chevrolet has that image … the Heartbeat of America.” He was unable to get GM motors, but they did introduce us to Gale Banks. The guys at Banks built a prototype intercooled Twin-Turbo 6-liter Chevy, capable of in excess ...
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Project Syclone

1990 Syclone LSR — World Record 204.145 mph “Banks team of Bonneville veterans’ fine-tuned race strategy tweaked the truck to top performance. It put GMC in a very exclusive club. When you consider they took a stock, compact pickup with a stock engine, using only modifications that are available off-the-shelf today — Banks adapted that truck ...
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GMC Truck Motorsport’s S-15 Club Coupe

GMC Truck Motorsport’s S-15 Club Coupe, managed by Gale Banks Engineering, set five land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah during 1989. Banks prepares and manages GMC Project Syclone S-15 truck at Bonneville; Banks/GMC Syclone becomes World’s Fastest Pickup at 194 mph; GMC markets the Syclone high-performance pickup with the Vortec 4.3L turbocharged V-6 in 1991. ...
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Banks Twin-Turbo V6 DeLorean

World’s Fastest DeLorean Gale Banks Engineering, a firm located in Azusa, CA, makes a habit of taking sports cars and turning them into absolute fire-breathing animals that get attention. Banks’ firm (yes, there really is a Gale Banks) is perhaps best known to the general motoring public as a supplier of turbo systems for diesel engines ...
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Made in the USA – Top Alcohol Funny Car

Don “The Snake” Prudhomme’s last funny car provided the basis for the Banks powered “Made In The U.S.A.” Top Alcohol Funny Car. Initial testing was run on gasoline and at the time it became the fastest gas class car running. NHRA eventually banned turbocharging in the Alcohol Funny Car category, ending this program. The team of ...
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Banks Pacemaker Top Fuel Dragster

Gale Banks and Ron Hodgson developed the first twin-turbocharged nitromethane dragster to compete in the elite Top Fuel category of the NHRA. Gale Banks and Ron Hodgson developed the first twin-turbocharged nitromethane dragster to compete in the elite Top Fuel category of the NHRA. The dragster featured a Gale Banks flat crankshaft 500 ci engine with ...
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Banks Twin-Turbo Trans Am GTA

World’s Fastest Passenger Car Running on nothing but straight gasoline, this Banks twin-turbocharged Firebird scorches the Salt at 287 mph to become the new World’s Fastest Passenger Car. Despite dozens of challenges, Banks ‘Bird held the title for 10 years. Running on nothing but straight gasoline, this Banks twin-turbocharged Firebird scorches the Salt at 287 mph to ...
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Banks-collaborated Buick Regal Turbo

A Banks-powered 450-hp twin-turbo Buick V-6 becomes the prototype for the Buick Grand National production car. Banks-collaborated Buick Regal Turbo debuts. General Motors decides that their Buick brand would no longer manufacture or offer a V8 engine in their automobiles, instead turning to their 3.8 liter V6 as their top displacement choice. The result was an anemic offering ...
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Project Salt Shaker

Clocking more than 267 mph, Banks Twin-Turbo Trans Am breaks Banks’ own 1981 record for World’s Fastest Passenger Car 1986 Banks Pontiac Trans Am World Record 260.212 mph. Clocking more than 267 mph (one-way), Banks Twin-Turbo Trans Am breaks Banks’ own 1981 record for World’s Fastest Passenger Car Powered by a Gale Banks 1,400 horsepowered, twin-turbocharged 456 ...
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Banks Pontiac Trans Am

A street-legal Pontiac Trans Am with 700-hp and a Banks turbo breaks the 200 mph barrier and becomes a cover story for Car & Driver magazine. The first 200-mph street-worthy machine is Banks twin-turbo GT Trans Am, as tested and proven by Car and Driver magazine. Banks’ American Turbocar Corp. started the Turbo Tuner craze. 700 bhp, ...
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King Sting

Jim Denooyer posted top speed on Saturday, everybody said the engines were set on kill and would never last in Sundays marathon and two years in a row, he won that too! So in year number three, POPBRA banned turboed tunnel boats. Sometimes your boat is too damn fast and too damn reliable…thanks, Banks! For the ...
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S-1 Express

Key West, Florida — After clinching the ‘Offshore II’ National Championship and setting the APBA Kilo Record at 114.141 mph, Butch Ryan’s ‘Express’ goes on to dominate the Offshore World Championship with a resounding place first place in Offshore II. The team stated “The reliability is incredible, we had NO ENGINE PROBLEMS all season! We ran ...
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Peter Minallas’ 1100hp sleeper

Custom one-off project 1,100 horsepower TransAm sleeper! Peter Minallas came from Johannesburg wanting a 240 mph, street sleeper. Banks complied and Minallas set the record at 406 kph (240+ mph) at the  South African National Speed Trials (6000’ of altitude) then he drove it home. Project Photo Gallery
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Sundowner Corvette

Banks Twin-Turbo 454 powers ’68 Corvette to 240.738 mph, to become World’s Fastest Passenger Car Banks twin-turbo 454 powers a ‘68 Corvette to 240.738 mph at Bonneville, earning the right to reign as World’s Fastest Passenger Car. The “Sundowner” Corvette, powered by a Banks twin-turbo big block, bumps Geisler’s Hanky-Panky 217 mph record all the way to ...
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Reg Benton’s Export Lion

Gale Banks turbocharged engines completely dominated the 1978 edition of the New Zealand Citizen Jet Boat Marathon by powering boats that finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 13, 1978 BANKS TURBO ENGINES SWEEP NEW ZEALAND MARATHON RACE SAN GABRIEL, CA •••• Gale Banks turbocharged engines completely dominated the 1978 edition of the New Zealand Citizen ...
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“Hanky Panky” Studebaker

Bruce Geisler brought the Studie out of retirement, Banks put in his 300”, 930 hp Twin-Turbo Chevy and Choate legged it to 217, World’s fastest passenger car! Friends since the early 1960s, Gale Banks and Bruce Geisler have teamed up on some of the most famous and significant automotive performance records in history. The first was ...
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Wood-Banks Dekon Monza

1978 Woods – Banks IMSA Monza – First Banks Automotive Twin-Turbo The Woods-Banks Dekon Monza featured the first Banks automotive twin-turbocharged system. The Monza’s engine is based on one of the first five General Motors High Performance Program’s 302 ci small-block – an engine block designed specifically for NASCAR racing. Through the radical Banks twin-turbocharged system, ...
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Volvo – future powertrain development program

Commissioned by Volvo of Sweden to design turbocharged engines. Banks develops the world’s first electronically injected oxygen-sensing turbocharged engine for Volvo. Yet another future powertrain development program, this time for Volvo. Banks developed the World’s first electronically injected, O2 sensing turbocharged engine for them. This efficient platform set Volvo on their way to making the turbo ...
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NISTA Large Research Safety Vehicle Program

Gale Banks Engineering is contracted by N.I.S.T.A. in the Department of Transportation to develop the power train for its Large Research Safety Vehicle (L.R.S.V.) program. Banks-built powertrain for N.I.S.T.A. (Department of Transportation) meets 1985 emissions and fuel economy standards, eight years early. Banks was contracted by N.I.S.T.A. to develop what became known as the Large Research ...
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Monzeratt – Dominator Jet Boat

Gale Banks Turbo Engine/Dominator Jet Boat victorious in Rio Balsas Marathon FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 1978 Gale Banks Turbo Engine/Dominator Jet Boat victorious in Rio Balsas Marathon A Gale Banks Turbo engined racer was victorious in the gruelling Rio Balsas River Marathon in Mexico earlier this month marking the third straight year that a Banks Turbo engine won. The ...
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The Crucifier

The “Crucifier” powered by a Gale Banks injected nitro HEMI set records and won every event including NDBA and APBA Nationals. Banks stated, “I didn’t own a Hydrometer, this thing ran on 100% nitro!” The “Crucifier,” a race boat powered by a Banks fuel-injected nitro HEMI wins every event it enters, including the NDBA (National Drag ...
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Hurry Round Hondo

Hurry Round Hondo, an 1800 hp Twin-Turbo on methanol, wins every race including the NJBA and APBA Nationals, and breaks many records along the way. Project Photo Gallery
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Banks/Brunette tunnel race boat

In the mid-70’s the Marathon Boat Company supplied an 850-pound tunnel hull that, once powered by a Banks 398 cid engine, became unbeatable. After witnessing the success of Banks engines, Lou Brunette brought his triple outboard Jones Tunnel to Banks for an inboard/stern drive up-fit.  The design had almost no tunnel compression ratio to achieve lift. ...
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Nice & Easy – Banks Powered Jet Race boat

Barry Lieberman earned double second place finishes in low performance stock and modified closed course racing with his Banks-built 455 Olds powered Southwind. NICE & EASY — the name didn’t apply this time as Barry Lieberman had his work cut out for him in winning the modified jet and placing second in ski jet races with ...
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“Grit” Endurance Marine Race Boat

Banks-powered 18’ Mandella “Center Deck” racing hull. This Banks-powered 18’ Mandella “Center Deck” racing hull wins the grueling Parker 9-Hour Enduro three years in a row. “Grit” became the showcase boat for the Mandella Boat Company and the Banks Endurance Marine Engine Program. Project Photo Gallery
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1953 Studebaker

Banks modifies a 1953 Studebaker and achieves a World Record top speed of 184.52 mph Banks modifies a 1953 Studebaker and drives it to class records at El Mirage Dry Lake and the Bonneville Salt Flats with a top speed of 184.52 mph, as certified by the Southern California Timing Association. Gale Banks Engineering started as C.P. ...
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Mom’s “Hot Rod”

14-year-old Gale Banks modifies Mom’s ‘31 Ford Model A from 40 to 105 hp Gale Banks begins his career as a hot rodder by modifying the engine in his mother’s car. Fifty years of engineering milestones for Banks Power president and founder Gale Banks began at age 14 with an engine teardown of his mother’s ’31 Ford ...
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